Leaked Dell Precision 7550 and Precision 7750 advert confirms design changes and potential DGFF incompatibility
Dell is planning an overhaul of multiple product lines this month, as we have mentioned in our coverage of the Precision 5750, XPS 15 9500 and XPS 17 9700. Part of this refresh includes new versions of the Precision 7540 and 7740. Previously mentioned alongside the Precision 5750 in leaked official slides, a leaked advert of the Precision 7550 and Precision 7750 has now come to our attention.
Leaked over a week ago on Vimeo and NotebookReview the advert confirms several changes for the successors to the Precision 7540 and Precision 7740. In short, Dell has given the two machines a complete redesign, inside and out.
Based on stills uploaded to NotebookReview forums by ionising_radiation, the Precision 7550 and 7750 appear to have mostly aluminium builds. However, their colour-contrasting palm rests suggest that these will remain polycarbonate, as will the display bezel of at least the Precision 7750. There is less of a pronounced delineation between the display and display bezel of the Precision 7550, so we would not rule out this having a glass bezel instead.
The new Precisions also have different hinge designs. While both machines appear to have two hinges still, they are now connected by a long cylindrical element.
Dell has made sweeping internal changes this year, too. Video outputs have been centred on the back of the chassis, for example, while the power connector has moved too. As ionising_radiation notes, these changes imply that Dell has overhauled the motherboard layouts of both devices. Dell Graphics Form Factor (DGFF) compatibility could be affected here, but it is difficult to conclusively determine this from stills of one of the disassembled machines.
Hence, previous generations may be incompatible with new DGFFs. Additionally, while other changes like upward-firing speakers may be genuinely useful, the removal of the PointStick and associated mouse buttons may fill Precision fans with consternation.